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Cloak: Super-secure Net connections without the hassle

When you're using a wireless network away from home or work (at your local coffee shop, say), how do you keep your communications secure? VPNs can help, but they can be hard to set up. Cloak makes it easy.

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WiFi Explorer review: Find problems with and optimize your wireless network

WiFi explorer is a nifty Mac utility that lets you gather an impressive amount of data about the Wi-Fi networks within range of your Mac.

Hosts review: Simple System Preferences pane makes network tweaks easy

Most of us don't need to edit our Mac's hosts file very often, but when we do, the free Hosts preference pane makes it a snap to do so.

Review: Speedy new AirPort Time Capsule is a good buy

The new Time Capsule is nice and fast. It'd be even faster if Apple fixed a problem in OS X that's hindering the router's file-transfer performance.

Review: Apple's AirPort Extreme is a safe choice

Some non-Apple routers deliver higher performance, but some don't offer Mac-specific features such as Time Machine support.

Mac Gems: Speedy Net is a simple tool for testing your network performance

If you've ever wondered about the performance of your local network, Speedy Net is an easy-to-use solution.

Review: Create a local file server with Kanex's meDrive

The meDrive is a way to put an unused USB hard drive to good use by providing file server capabilities.

Review: BearExtender Mini gets your Mac connected to faraway Wi-Fi hotspots

The BearExtender Mini is a small, powerful USB accessory for boosting your Mac's ability to connect to wireless networks.

Go green and save money with a programmable thermostat

We put three programmable thermostats to the test to find out which is the most powerful, flexible, likely to reduce your energy bill.

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Review: Compact Kanex MySpot extends an Ethernet network to Wi-Fi

Kanex's MySpot lets you extend your Ethernet network to Wi-Fi using a compact, USB-powered accessory. However, it suffers from using older wireless technology and security.

The 28th Annual Editors' Choice Awards

Our 28th annual Eddys recognize the year's 21 greatest Apple-related products for work, entertainment, mobile use, and creative tasks.

New AirPort Express a tiny Wi-Fi base station powerhouse

For the money, the AirPort Express makes an effective base station for modestly sized apartments or homes, or where access is only needed in a few adjacent rooms in an office.

Airtoggle saves menu-bar space, toggles Wi-Fi from the keyboard

Airtoggle is a nifty utility that lets you toggle Wi-Fi from the keyboard and frees up some menu-bar space.

Cloak secures your Internet traffic without the hassle

Connecting to public Wi-Fi networks can be risky. Cloak gives you the benefits of a virtual private network (VPN) without the usual setup, configuration, and activation hassles.

Mac mini with Lion Server ideal for SOHO and SMB

The Mac mini server was already a great machine. The latest version, the Mac mini with Lion Server, is even better.